Graduate programs necessarily presume certain aptitudes on the part of applicants, based on documented results of previous study. Admission to our graduate programs is very competitive. Successful applicants are mature, highly motivated individuals capable of sustained studio work or scholarly pursuit at an advanced level. Working under the guidance of a faculty of experienced, recognized professionals, students are encouraged to develop the self-discipline essential to productive independent study and self-realization as artists and/or scholars.
Studio programs are structured to foster stylistic diversity through individual exploration. There is no dominating opinion or aesthetic espoused by the Lamar Dodd School of Art. The wide variety of images and approaches present at the school attest to the healthy ferment of ideas among students and faculty. Scholarly publications in art education and art history reflect the same freedom of inquiry.